Feb. 6, 2010
Purdue sophomore divers David Boudia and Casey Matthews earned positions on Team USA's roster for this summer's Grand Prix with their finishes Saturday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
"Today was a successful day," head diving coach Adam Soldati said. "For Casey, this was our goal. Our goal was to be in the top four and make an international squad. This is a huge, huge accomplishment for Casey. David has been on international squads before, but this is still big for him as well."
Boudia, the defending NCAA champion in the 3-meter and platform competitions, finished third in the 3-meter with his total score of 961.85 points. The Noblesville native, who finished fifth in the platform at the 2008 Olympics, also scored 511.65 points in the platform semifinal Friday to enter Sunday's final with a 17.85-point lead on the field.
"David is still learning 3-meter," Soldati said. "Our focus is on tower, but our goal was to be better this year than last year and he is on track to do that. He had a few misses today, so we need to work on consistency."
Matthews qualified for her first international competition by placing fourth in the platform. The Getzville, N.Y. native, who earned honorable-mention All-America honors from the 1-meter last season, put 621.00 points on the board to earn her spot. Matthews also teamed with Kaylea Arnett from The Woodlands Diving Academy to place second in the synchronized 3-meter event.
"Casey just started diving tower a little over a year ago," Soldati said. "We sat down and said that if she was going to compete internationally, this was her event. She committed to it, and it is scary to go up 33 feet about the water and dive in. This is absolutely huge for her."
Junior David Colturi joined Boudia in the 3-meter event and placed 10th with his score of 810.25. Colturi, a four-time All-American, stands seventh after the platform semifinal with his 398.30 score. Fellow junior Danny Cox is ninth after scoring 390.90, and senior Kyle Mitrione enters the competition 12th with his score of 366.00.
Junior Kara Cook joined Matthews in Thursday's platform semifinal and placed 14th after scoring 246.80 points. Classmate Erin Mertz finished 21st in the 3-meter quarterfinal with her score of 230.85, and senior Ashley Karnes placed 28th with 211.10 points.
The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue Sunday. Action begins at noon ET from inside the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.